As the bottom-line price of our example attests, it’s easy to spend more than £30k on a Countryman, especially if you add the popular Media and Chili packs.

Spending such an amount would mean ignoring several upmarket small SUVs, including the Volkswagen Tiguan and BMW X1, and it also makes the Countryman every bit as expensive as the compact premium hatchback mainstream.

Nic Cackett

Nic Cackett

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Mini values look sterling next to hatch rivals; compact crossover competition tends to be similarly resilient

The option packs offered are tempting, though, and without them the Cooper D would feel a little spartan.

The Chili Pack alone includes, among other things, heated sports seats, the selectable drive modes, automatic air-con and even the leather steering wheel.

Do without those niceties and the Cooper D is significantly cheaper, but the model still faces a host of mid to high-spec mainstream rivals, from the best of the premium hatchback brigade to our current compact crossover favourite, the Seat Ateca.

The engines are fairly efficient. Mini claims 62.8mpg and 118g/km of CO2 from the manual with 17in wheels, but the Countryman isn’t class-leading.

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Our True MPG testers recorded an overall 41.9mpg, but reported that the car may have emptied its particulate trap during the test, which would adversely affect the economy.

An expectation of around 45mpg as a daily average is respectable, then, but not brilliant.

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